After Gov. Rick Perry's disastrous "brain freeze" earlier this week, many were watching tonight for a fresh stumble in a debate in South Carolina that would spell the end of the campaign. Instead, he gave perhaps his best performance to date.Full Story
Morgan Smith reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire. In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for "Death of a District," a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas. A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C.
Just a few days after his disastrous “brain freeze” during a nationally televised debate in Michigan, Gov. Rick Perry is back under the bright lights tonight. This time, he’ll be in challenging issue territory: foreign policy. We’ll be liveblogging tonight’s CBS News/National Journal Debate here.Full Story
Energy development capitalizing on the high winds in West Texas has injected sluggish rural communities with new economic lifeblood. The “windfall” has bestowed hundreds of millions of dollars on mostly tiny schools.Full Story
Before he uttered the now famous "oops" in Thursday's presidential debate, one of the federal agencies Gov. Rick Perry said he wanted to eliminate was the Department of Education. But what exactly would that mean?Full Story
As the field of candidates shapes up for the March 2012 primaries, a new — at least since last election cycle — breed of GOP hopeful is emerging: the education Republican.Full Story
At least some Republican 2012 primary candidates for the Texas House hope to trade the anti-government cries of the last election cycle for a message with a decidedly different focus: the state of Texas public schools.Full Story
Michael Morton's legal team responded today to claims from the exonerated man's original prosecutors that they cannot be forced to testify as part of an inquiry into how Morton was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife.Full Story
Your afternoon reading: Mitt Romney swings at Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann staffers quit in New Hampshire, and Ron Paul makes a big ad buy.Full Story
Today Rick Perry will visit the power hub of the city he hopes to call home for at least four years.
The State Board of Education may try to modify the state's rigid new standardized exams — the STAAR tests — in a way that allays school districts’ concerns that they're losing local control over grading.Full Story
Looking to turn the corner after a series of flat debate performances, Gov. Rick Perry today delivered the first major economic policy speech of his presidential campaign, calling for "a 'made in America' energy revolution."Full Story
As the popularity of online learning grows, public schools are grappling with how to most effectively integrate it into their classrooms — and some in the education community worry about the increasing influence of for-profit companies.Full Story
The outspoken head of the state's fourth-largest school district— newly crowned as Superintendent of the Year — on school finance lawsuits, the impact of cuts to public education funding and the upcoming transition to end-of-course exams.Full Story
Rick Perry didn’t blow it or commit any serious gaffes, but in his latest debate the Texas governor found himself in a position that seemed unimaginable even a few weeks ago: largely out of the spotlight and struggling for airtime.Full Story
Everyone agrees: there's a lot at stake tonight for Gov. Rick Perry. The Bloomberg/Washington Post debate may be his last chance to reverse his dragging momentum after past performances left the impression he lacked the policy chops to take on President Barack Obama. We're liveblogging the action here.Full Story